Platinum Supply

The alluvial deposits used by pre-Columbian people in the Choc Department, Colombia are still a source for platinum group metals, however, it is also mined from another large alluvial deposit in the Ural Mountains, Russia. The largest known primary reserves are in the Bushveld complex in South Africa while smaller reserves can be found in the Absaroka Range in Montana amongst other locations in the USA. In 2009, South Africa was the top producer of platinum with an almost 80% share, followed by Russia at 11%.

Did you know that platinum exists in higher abundances on the moon and in meteorites than here on earth?

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